A multitude of recent developments have aided me to make a choice. Some of them are
- Apple going for thinner, lighter instead of stronger performance, and
- Microsoft integrating Bash into Windows 10 with WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux)
While the new Macbook Pro is quite a feet of engineering, it is hardly “Pro”. Surely intel graphics are enough for typing letters and calculating spreadsheets, it’s not Pro. A 16GB memory limit (which with the compression tech used is like 24GB for any other OS) is great for battery life, but it’s not “Pro”. The keyboard is ultra thin and has good tactile feedback, but the keys need a firm press, and travel almost nothing. Great for thinning the device, but again, not “Pro”. For the same amount of money you can buy a portable powerhouse like the Asus ROG G752vy (seen in my post about this). This one has other issues, but at least it has got awesome graphics (nVidia 980), max 64 GB RAM and a “normal” laptop keyboard.
(Yeah, I know, I KNOW, I don’t need ‘awesome graphics’ for web development, but I like to game also, and to be honest; my favorite IDE – phpStorm – DOES prefer a sturdy GPU. Don’t know why, but it runs so much better on a discrete GPU than it does on intel Graphics)
Reasons to stay with macOS are rapidly diminishing, and reasons to start using Windows again are gaining support. Since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Windows offers Bash and all goodness that comes with Ubuntu linux, right at your fingertips. Well, not ALL goodness, but most of it.
Continue reading “Out with the old, in with the new — Switching from built-in software to one awesome piece of engineering: Local (by Flywheel)”
In the series “How to fix your development environment after an upgrade” ( referring to this and this post ) I present you;
“Fix your development environment after upgrade to El Capitan”
Continue reading “Bye Bye Yosemite – Hello El Capitan! — another post-upgrade fixing session”
While Redmond is starting their photocopiers (the age old story of how Microsoft keeps copying instead of innovating), we Mac users start our updates. OSX 10.10 Yosemite brings Apache 2.4 and PHP 5.5 to our playground, but not everyone is happy with that. Also, not all software survives the upgrade. Here is what I had to do to fix my development environment.
Continue reading “Another Upgrade, Another Fixing session – Upgrade Development Environment – Yosemite edition”
PHP Upgrades are a pain in the ass but from time to time, it’s desperately needed. For a hobbyist with one or two websites, it’s not that much of a deal to check your code and update, but what if you have hundreds of websites running on your servers? Automated tools would be the better choice.
Luckily there’s PHPCS – the PHP CodeSniffer – to check your code for appliance to a certain set of coding standards.
Continue reading “Test your code for PHP (in-)compatibility”
OSX Yosemite comes with PHP 5.5. OSX Mountain Lion comes with PHP 5.3. What if you wanted to run PHP 5.4 on both? Well, you can, with a dead simple installation;
curl -s http://php-osx.liip.ch/install.sh | bash -s 5.4
will install PHP 5.4.
Thanks to The coolest guide on the planet.
[EDIT: nov 6 2017: fixed dead link, added troubleshooting steps below]
Still not seeing the new version?
- The command above should install the old PHP 5 in /usr/local/php5 (which should be user-writable) and also write a new config file in /etc/apache2/other/+php-osx.conf, so please check and see if both exist.
If you installed PHP 7.x, the folder is /usr/local/php7, of course.
apachectl -t -D DUMP_INCLUDES and check if the new config file is loaded (should be /etc/apache2/other/+php-osx.conf)
apachectl configtest and see if any errors occurred
If you can’t get it to work, try alternate methods, like using the even older series of posts on How to set-up and maintain a development environment on osx, OR (even better!) use Local by Flywheel.
After upgrading OSX to version 10.9 I find myself investigating why my development server no longer works. After 4 upgrades I now have a clear list of things to check and how to fix.
If you have not yet upgraded OSX, take the time to back-up your /etc/php.ini and /etc/apache2/httpd.conf. Also; OSX 10.9 Mavericks will upgrade PHP to PHP 5.4, so if you have projects incompatible with 5.4; a) don’t upgrade OSX, b) start upgrading your code or c) use a different AMP-stack.
Also; if you depend on your computer for your income, don’t rush into this!
The TODO list:
- Backup your system
- Upgrade OSX
- Upgrade Xcode and run it at least once, installing the commandline tools
- Reboot your system
- Follow the checklist :)
The checklist (things to check and maybe fix):
Continue reading “Repair OSX WebDevelopment server after OSX Upgrade”
Mountain Lion killed – or rather: disabled – sendmail by default. Big deal? well, if you need to send mail from PHP in your local development environment, you’ll need to perform these few steps to get it working again.
Continue reading “Sending mail from PHP with Mountain Lion”
Apache2 is already installed on any Mac and most setups (like MAMP or MacPorts) just ignore the built in Apache and install their own version. Shame. You wouldn’t ignore your own car just and get another one to pull a trailer while your own car can do the job perfectly.
Continue reading “Development WebServer on OSX Lion – HomeBrew/MariaDB/PECL”
Hi all. It’s been a while since I posted something interesting, sorry ’bout that. For now I can make setting up a new web server, or upgrading it after an OSX upgrade, a bit easier. A colleague of mine tried it and ran into some problems concerning the different steps to take, so this post should help you get it done with more ease.
Continue reading “The “Ultimate” Guide to a Development Webserver on OSX”
When building API-like applications in PHP, one issue will always remain; a high load will eventually slow down everything. To prevent over-loading, anyone will come to the conclusion a cache is needed. The most access calls should be served without recalculating anything to free up CPU-time.
Caching can be done on Disk, in a database (indirectly also Disk-caching), or directly in memory.
To setup MemCache and use this memory-caching-system, read on :)
Continue reading “MemCache – In-memory-caching in PHP”